Fast Dinner 30-minute Entrees
Hold the ketchup
Make mustard butter a savory topping for burgers off the grill
Mustard not your thing? Mix fresh herbs, tomato paste, minced shallots or garlic into the softened butter instead. (Bill Hogan/Chicago Tribune)
Mustard butter is simple to make; just stir your favorite mustard into softened butter. The flavored butter has a tangy bite and sensual plushness that make even the cheapest hamburger meat taste like the finest tenderloin.
Serve the burgers with mushrooms cooked over the coals in a grill basket, then drizzled with a little olive oil and sprinkled with some fresh herbs. A simple tossed salad on the side adds a refreshing counterpoint.
Tips: In forming the patties, use just enough hand pressure so that each patty just holds its shape. Otherwise the finished burger can suffer.
Mustard not your thing? Mix fresh herbs, tomato paste, minced shallots or garlic into the softened butter instead.
Something to drink? A sturdy rosé wine or iced tea would be perfect.
Grilled burgers with mustard butter
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 6 to 8 minutes
Note: This recipe makes more mustard butter than you will need. Wrap the remainder tightly and store for another use; it freezes well.
1 pound ground beef
1/2 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground pepper
1/2 stick (1/4 cup) butter, softened
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
4 sprigs fresh parsley, chopped, optional
4 hamburger buns, toasted
1. Prepare charcoal or gas grill for grilling. Divide ground beef into 4 equal portions. Gently shape each portion into patties. Season with salt and pepper.
2. Cream butter; stir in mustard and parsley, if using, until thoroughly combined. Set aside.
3. Grill patties, 3 to 4 minutes per side for medium. Remove burgers from grill; place each on bottom of a bun. Top burger with a dollop of mustard butter while still hot.
Per serving (with 1/2 tablespoon butter): 334 calories, 44% of calories from fat, 17 g fat, 8 g saturated fat, 84 mg cholesterol, 22 g carbohydrates, 26 g protein, 562 mg sodium, 1 g fiber.